In 2017 during a show in Perth, Australia, Bruce Springsteen revealed that he and the E Street Band were apart of the “new American resistance” against the presidency of Donald Trump, and since then Springsteen hasn’t held back when it comes to Trump’s words and actions. 

The rock legend recently explained that he doesn’t like what seems to be Trump’s agenda of pitting groups of Americans against each other. 

“(Trump) has no interest in uniting the country and actually has an interest in doing the opposite and dividing us, which he does on an almost daily basis. That’s simply a crime against humanity, as far as I’m concerned,” he told Esquire. “It’s an awful, awful message to send out into the world. You are intentionally trying to disenfranchise a large portion of Americans. That’s unforgivable.”

Springsteen, who uses his music to voice his opinions, has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s immigration policies. During a June performance of his Broadway show Springsteen on Broadway, he changed his set which he had previously performed for almost 150 times to play “The Ghost of Tom Joad” in protest to Trump’s immigration policy of separating children from their parents. That night, Springsteen had referred to Trump’s treatment of the thousands of children as “disgracefully inhumane and un-American.”


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Although Springsteen has been highly critical of the Trump administration, he did reveal that although he believes this is a scary moment for Americans, he doesn’t think that Trump is the end of the American dream. “I do believe we’ll survive Trump. But I don’t know if I see a unifying figure on the horizon,” he said. “That worries me. Because the partisanship and the country is split down the middle is something that’s gravely dangerous. Let people view themselves as Americans first. Let people give each other a chance.”


Springsteen also opened up about his struggle with depression. “I have come close enough to [mental illness] where I know I am not completely well myself. I’ve had to deal with a lot of it over the years, and I’m on a variety of medications that keep me on an even keel; otherwise, I can swing rather dramatically and… just… the wheels can come off a little bit. So we have to watch, in our family. I have to watch my kids, and I’ve been lucky there. It ran in my family going way before my dad,” he said. 

The Springsteen on Broadway show will end on December 15 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, and a filmed version will be able on Netflix the following day, December 16.

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